By George O’Bryan
WVU signed two native West Virginia players to scholarships on national signing day. They also added five home grown talents as preferred walk-ons.
The West Virginia players that were signed to scholarships were:
- DB Deamonte Lindsay 6-2 190 Martinsburg, WV
- DE Stone Wolfley 6-4 240 Morgantown, WV
The West Virginia walk-ons added to the Mountaineers’ roster are:
- QB/TE Justin Cogar 6-4 220 Clear Fork, WV
- LB Troy Lilly 6-2 220 Beckley, WV
- RB Brady Watson 5-8 190 Ridgeley, WV
- OL Bradley Knotts 6-4 270 Ripley, WV
- QB Brent Osborne 6-2 205 Beckley, WV
Each of these young men has the opportunity and potential to earn a scholarship. Just because Cogar, Lilly, and Watson did not receive stars beside their names by the recruiting services does not mean they lack the talent to play division I football.
Nearly every year at least one preferred walk-on is awarded a scholarship. The videos of these young men show each has the potential to earn playing time.
Zach Abraham, Rich Braham and Owen Schmitt began their Mountaineer careers as walk-ons. What do these blue collar players have to offer?
Justin Cogar will likely be used at tight end, since WVU has several quarterbacks on the roster including five scholarship players. Cogar is athletic with size, good hands and speed.
Troy Lilly could challenge for playing time at linebacker with his size, quickness, and a nose for the ball.
With WVU not signing a running back in this year’s recruiting class, Brady Watson could eventually work himself into the mix. Watson’s video reveals a downhill runner taking on defenders and breaking tackles.
Bradley Knotts is an under-recruited lineman from Ripley WV with a non stop motor and a ton of potential. He played on both sides of the line in high school and could blossom in the weight room under the direction of Strength Coach Joseph and his staff.
Brent Osborne was a late addition as a preferred walk-on who completed 103 of 194 passes for 1,128 yds and 4 TDs as a senior in high school. Osborne expects to spend time on the scout team and is anxious to contribute any way he can to the success of the team.
All five of these young men have the talent to put pressure on the scholarship players in front of them, and their desire to play is as strong as any other player.
Edited by Michael Walker